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East Texas home invasion robbery suspect arrested

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Torrance Christopher Rawls (source: Jefferson Police Department) Torrance Christopher Rawls (source: Jefferson Police Department)
JEFFERSON, Tx. (KTBS) -

A 37 year-old Jefferson man has been arrested for the home invasion and robbery of a local woman.

The robbery was reported late Saturday when the woman told officers that a man confronted her with a pistol at her door. The victim reportedly recognized the suspect because he had done some minor yard work for her within the past couple of weeks.

The suspect then allegedly forced his way inside the victim's home and demanded money while holding her at gunpoint. The quick-thinking woman showed the suspect that she had no cash but convinced him that she could write him a check. The robber agreed and the victim wrote him a check. The suspect eventually left but not before jerking the telephone cord from the wall. Although very scared and shaken, thankfully, the victim was not physically injured during the incident.

Officers were able to identify the suspect based on information they received from the victim and later viewed surveillance video at a local business where the robber had attempted to cash the check.

Marion County Justice of the Peace issued an arrest warrant for Torrance Christopher Rawls for his alleged role in the incident. Authorities found Rawls in Jefferson late Monday afternoon and he was taken into custody after a brief foot chase.

Rawls remains in custody at the Marion County Jail. His bond is set at $250,000.

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